NIA Beacon programs are community centers housed within public school buildings. Beacon programs operate year-round and provide a wide variety of activities for elementary, middle school, and high school students, as well as adults and seniors. The schedule for this position requires flexibility outside of standard business hours. The Beacon Director will generally work 40 hours per week. Depending on weekly program needs, the Beacon Director will need to be available for a combination of weekday morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday hours. The Beacon Outreach Coordinator/Assistant Director will be responsible for supervising Beacon programming at times when the Beacon Director is not on site. During the school year, the Beacon center will be open 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Monday-Friday, and 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Saturdays. During summer, center hours will be 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. She or he must be prepared to be available for meetings with the school or community members, outside the hours that the center is open. 

The Beacon Director is responsible for the oversight of a school based Community Center, serving over 1,200 participants each year. The Beacon Director provides leadership, direction, supervision, and support to program staff to ensure desired program goals and outcomes are met. He or she must be interested in investing him or herself in the community, and listening to community needs. The director must demonstrate excellent judgment and decision making skills. He or she must be capable of working independently, and communicating effectively with all stakeholders. The director must be able to respond to any incident, accident, or other emergency situation in a composed, and responsible manner.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise all aspects of school based community center

  • Manage daily operations and coordinate with the school's administration, teachers, secretaries, and custodial staff

  • Organize program logistics, such as schedules, lesson plan collection, snack and space reservations, trips, supply requests, and programmatic needs

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders (participants, parents, school staff and administration, funders, the community, and NIA)

  • Ensure that the program operates in compliance with all DOH and funder regulations and meets all contractual obligations, specifically in the area of enrollment and rate of participation 

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date attendance data and meet deadlines for data entry into database

  • Assist in the interviewing, managing, training, and coaching of program staff and volunnteers

  • Lead weekly staff meetings, identify professional development needs of staff, coach and support staff's professional development

  • Conduct classroom observations, assess and evaluate staff on a consistent basis, and address concerns as they arise

  • Maintain accurate time and attendance records for all staff, current staff and student files, incident and accident reports, and other required documentation and student data

  • Review lesson plans weekly, and support the development of curriculum maps

  • Ensure program content supports initiative goals and outcomes

  • Participate in school leadership committees and PTA meetings

  • Work closely with families, parents, and guardians to ensure the needs of students are met

  • Create a strong sense of community, which values respect, acceptance, and high expectations

  • Perform other duties and tasks as deemed necessary by the NIA

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree related to education, youth development, or community development

  • A minimum of four years relevant experience working with children in an educational setting is preferred

  • At least three years of experience supervising staff and managing programs is required 

  • Strong leadership, conflict resolution and diplomacy skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multitask in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent judgment and responsiveness in high pressure situations

  • Capable of functioning independently at a high level; must be able to problem solve without extensive oversight

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required

  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively

  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Word and Excel, email correspondence, and database management is required

  • Must take part in 30 hours of professional development opportunities per year and be available for some organization events outside of regular scheduled hours

This is a full time position. The salary offered for this position is starting at $60,000, commensurate with applicant experience.

A current physical exam and TB test are required for all Beacon Directors. All site based staff must be fingerprinted before being hired. A $25 mandatory background check is required.

How To Apply:

Please fill out the form below. Put "Beacon Director" in the Position You're Applying For field. Please upload your resume and a cover letter as well. Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered. Only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted. 

About NIA:

Founded in 1981, the NIA Community Services Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues that impact youth, families, and seniors. The NIA serves thousands of clients each year through after-school programs, summer day camps, cultural arts opportunities, youth and family counseling services, community assistance, referral services, and senior support programs. 

The NIA offers students access to arts, sports, leadership, STEM, and academic opportunities through after-school programs that foster positive youth development, teach new skills, and encourage learning through exploration. NIA programs provide an environment where students learn to think critically and communicate confidently; a place where students develop the tools necessary to realize their individual talents and embrace the larger world through meaningful opportunities for experiential education, service learning, and community building.  

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